Dave King: Two key decisions are encouraging for environment

Last modified: Tuesday, December 01, 2015

To the editor:

There were two terrific pieces of news last month for those of us concerned about the future habitability of this planet.

President Barack Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline in a courageous act of leadership that will seriously reduce the prospects for continued tar sand oil extraction, which has destroyed huge tracts of boreal forests, polluted water supplies and contributes more than three times as much carbon dioxide emitted than the process for conventional drilling.

This should provide encouragement to the citizens of Massachusetts currently under siege by Kinder Morgan and their army of lobbyists and public relations people who are determined to jam a pipeline across our commonwealth and make us pay for it.

Also recently the New York attorney general has opened an investigation of ExxonMobil based on recent revelations that the company was well aware of the threat of climate change decades ago but nonetheless spent millions of dollars to hide this fact from the public. This should serve as a reminder that multibillion dollar corporations like ExxonMobil, Entergy, Kinder Morgan or its sister corporation Enron can’t be counted on to tell the truth when their profits are in question.

So friendly messages from their Astroturf front groups about how their pipeline will lower our energy costs and what a boon this project offers to the region’s energy consumers and economy should be taken with a healthy dose of skepticism.

Dave King



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